Islamic Fundamentalism: A Global Threat

Staff Writer 25 December 2019

 

The Threat

Islamic Fundamentalism poses the "most significant threat" to the world, especially in the Middle East.

Nefarious activities and support for terror organizations have grown since Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini hijacked the 1979 revolution in Iran. At the time, the world witnessed the emergence of a new phenomenon: Islamic extremism.

Repeated Warnings

In 1992, Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chairman of the NCRI Foreign Relations Committee, wrote a book titled “Islamic Fundamentalism: The New Global Threat” warning the world about the rise of Islamic fundamentalism.

Although the theoretical roots of this evil phenomenon date back to the first decades of Islam, it was only after the establishment of theocracy in Iran that Islamic fundamentalism turned into the serious global threat that it is today. While the differences between Shiite and Sunni fundamentalists are minimal, they have a common major objective: establishing an “Islamic rule” for the enforcement of Sharia law.

On the contrary, only democratic Islam can pose the ultimate challenge to the fundamentalist interpretations of the religion.

At that time, Mohaddessin’s book was dismissed as exaggerations by an opponent of the Iranian regime. But, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the world saw the brutality of fundamentalism firsthand. Yet even then the US made a major strategic blunder by invading Iraq.

As subsequent mistakes were made, the heart of fundamentalism in Tehran took advantage while projecting power further into the Middle East, thus laying the groundwork for the emergence and spread of ISIS as the Sunni counterpart to Iran’s Shiite fundamentalism.

Rise of ISIS

In an article in June 12, 2015, published on MEK’s website  Mr. Mohadessin said: “Fourteen years on, Europe is dealing with what could be its own 9/11. And Tehran is poised to seize the opportunity once again. Iranian officials and media outlets are already blaming French policies for the attack. They want to convince Paris to support the Iran-allied Syrian president under the pretext of fighting terrorism. This is exactly what the regime did after September 11, 2001 when Iranian agents and affiliates like Ahmad Chalabi helped to manipulate the US into the war with Iraq. Now, some in the West are willing to take the bait again. Both Iran and ISIS stand to benefit.”

Mrs. Mohadessin added that “The real solution is exactly the opposite. It includes steadfast support for the ouster of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. After all, Assad’s brutality and Iran’s sectarianism are major contributors to the social landscape that has allowed ISIS to attract more Sunnis to its extremist ideology. If the conditions were different, ISIS ideology and tactics would quickly collapse.”

Yes, indeed the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, his affiliated militia forces in Iraq and Bashar Assad, have created the most suitable conditions for ISIS to thrive, by killing 1 million people in Syria and by marginalizing and alienating the Sunnis in Iraq.

Iranian Regime’s Nuclear Ambitions

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former Iranian regime President and head of regime’s State Exigency Council, who was the regime’s No. 2 man from the outset, made unprecedented confessions in an interview with the regime’s official news agency IRNA on 26 October 2015, and said that the regime was looking to acquire nuclear bomb when it initiated its nuclear program and has never abandoned the idea.

In November 1991, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) revealed the secret communications between the regime and Pakistan on the nuclear projects and announced that the regime had allocated $5 billion for its cooperation in the nuclear realm with Pakistan (AFP – November 16, 1991).

In a press conference in Washington on 20 February 2003, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) exposed a company called Kala-Electric and its workshop that operated under cover of a watch factory company. Despite the fact that the regime barred IAEA access to this site for many months, finally in environmental sampling of the area in IAEA inspections it was determined that centrifuges had been secretly assembled and tested there. Traces of highly enriched uranium used in construction of the nuclear bomb was discovered at the site.

Iranian regime’s President Rouhani, in his book entitled “National Security and Nuclear Diplomacy” writes that everything was proceeding well in Natanz and experts had made plans to get 54,000 centrifuges spinning by February 2003, but the press conference by the PMOI in summer 2002 raised a tumult.

Source of instability in the Middle East

Indeed, since the 1990s the Iranian resistance has been warning that Islamic fundamentalism is the new global threat. But the international community ignored the global threat posed by Iran. Iranian regime is a global threat conducting terrorist and criminal activities all over the world. Iran is the greatest sponsor of terrorism in the Middle East and the world. It sits at the nexus of nearly every major global threat: the Syrian crisis, the rise of ISIS, the resurgence of al Qaeda, the crisis in Iraq that threatens gains won with U.S. blood, and the chaos in Yemen.

The expansion of Islamic Fundamentalism is a product of two developments in the region:

  1. The Iranian regime's occupation of Iraq after the war in 2003 and the brutal crackdown on Sunnis by the mullahs' puppet government in Iraq.
  2. Suppression of Syrian people and dissidents by Bashar Assad's government, backed and led by the mullahs' regime.

Iranian Regime A Role Model

With the inception of the mullahs' rule in 1979, a concrete, practical model was created for all fundamentalist groups.

All fundamentalist groups share the following:

Imposing religion by force through Sharia laws; export of terrorism; hegemonic ambitions beyond their borders and enmity to the West; and misogyny.

When the Soviet Union was at its powerful, communists around the world were split into dozens of different factions – you had the Trotskyists, the Leninists, the Marxists, the Maoists – they all hated each other, but they all looked to Moscow as the godfather of international communism.

The same is happening with Islamic Fundamentalism. We have Daesh (ISIS), the Taliban, al-Qaeda, al Shabaab, Boko Haram, Hezbollah – they all have difficulties with each other, yet the western view that there’s a Sunni/Shiite divide between them is not correct.

All of these different [factions] who also fight like cats in a sack, they look to Tehran as the godfather of international Islamic fundamentalism. In the same way as when the Soviet Union collapsed, we saw communism fade away. There were a few pockets left, like North Korea, Cuba, perhaps Venezuela, but it has almost faded from the international picture.

Why Regime Change in Iran is A solution

If we achieve a regime change in Iran, the same fate will occur to fundamentalist Islam and it will slide off the international agenda.

That is the reason why the MEK has repeatedly called on the International Community not to ignoring the global threat posed by the Iranian regime.

The MEK repeatedly called on all world powers to totally isolate Iran and cut off its financial sources through sanctions.

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI has argued true democratic change in Iran will only be achieved by providing this type of political support to the resistance so a weakened Iranian regime can be overthrown from within.

The Iran November 2019 nationwide protests was one of these scenes. It was a showdown between protesters, young people and resistance units on the one hand, and on the other hand the regime in its entirety, including its suppressive forces and its political apparatus. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) took over control and command for suppressing protests. All suppressive forces acted under the direct command of the IRGC. Yet, they failed to bring the situation under their control.

Maryam Rajavi emphasized that “the massacre of 1,500 youth intensifies the Iranian nation’s rage and strengthens the Iranian people’s resolve for freedom.  The bloody November uprising also dashed certain myths and illusions about the regime. It showed that no one in Iran has pinned any hope on change from within the regime. The only solution is the overthrow of the regime in its entirety, and this will definitely happen.”

Conclusion

In her remarks on May 2, 2016 at the European Parliament Mrs. Rajavi explained in five steps how to confront the Islamic Fundamentalism. 

  1. Military force is not enough in confronting fundamentalism, rather you need a cultural alternative. In Iran, the formation of an organized movement against the regime and offering an intellectual and cultural alternative ultimately led to the social and ideological defeat of fundamentalism.
  2. Women have a central role in this battle. Women's equal status with men as well as their equal and active participation in political leadership is an essential condition. The Iranian Resistance led by women will ultimately overcome Islamic extremism and fundamentalism.
  3. The success of this battle also depends on men's emancipation from male dominated culture. Better understanding and voluntary acceptance of the need for women's participation in political leadership is the most serious blow to the ideology of male dominance.
  4. There is an effective anti-thesis to extremism under the banner of Islam. It is a tolerant and democratic interpretation of Islam which brings fundamentalism to a deadlock. Supporting this alternative is an essential element of this struggle. A movement that believes in separation of religion and state, gender equality and freedom and democracy for all the people.
  5. The epicenter of fundamentalism which inspires misogyny is the regime ruling Iran. To confront Daesh and uproot extremism under the banner of Islam, the Iranian mullahs' occupation in Syria, Iraq and other places must be terminated.

Publications

Staff Writer 22 December 2019

The 2016 Vote in Iran's Theocracy

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This book examines all the relevant data about the 2016 Assembly of Experts as well as Parliamentary elections ahead of the February 26, 2016 elections date. It looks at the history of such elections since the 1979 revolution and highlights the current intensified infighting among the various factions of the Iranian regime.


Iran’s Nuclear Core

Uninspected Military Sites, Vital to the Nuclear Weapons Program

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From the organization that revealed the existence of illegal uranium enrichment and heavy water reactor sites in Iran in 2002, which triggered the inspections of the Iranian nuclear sites by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran’s Nuclear Core:

Uninspected Military Sites, Vital to the Nuclear Weapons provides a groundbreaking description of the Iranian nuclear program and examines truths that are too often ignored.

hile shedding light on this topic, the book describes the nuclear weapons program of Iran as not simply being parallel to the civil program, but as existing at the heart of the nuclear program itself. It provides details about the Iranian regime’s use of the civil nuclear program to both cover up and support the weapons program, and thoroughly describes multiple weaponization and research sites across the country. Many aspects of this operation have been kept hidden by The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) from the prying eyes of both the world and the United Nations.

Iran’s Nuclear Core supplies an unprecedented glimpse into a system that is designed to be undetected, illustrating the tactics of manipulation that the IRGC has used since the program’s beginnings. Its in-depth depictions of the underground tunnel systems and other facilities at the military sites allow readers to understand how the Iranian regime has avoided international inspection for decades. Not only do the authors provide details of the uninspected sites and related satellite imagery, but they describe further elements of the organizations involved and the names of experts related to the nuclear operation. Many of these experts have been part of the weaponization program from the beginning, although as the book describes, the structures and names of the organizations have frequently changed in order to maintain secrecy. Iran’s Nuclear Core portrays a concealed nuclear program that extends deep into the foundations of Iran, even giving accounts of universities being used for research facilities and as fronts for the true intentions of the regime.

The nuclear weapons program of Iran is a crucial issue that is often underestimated. Iran’s Nuclear Core brings these concerns into the forefront of political discussion with a never-before-seen level of scrutiny and detail. Moving forward, the information supplied by this book will be vital to revealing the truth about the Iranian nuclear program and holding the regime accountable.


The Rise of the IRGC Financial Empire

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This manuscript examines some vital factors and trends, including the overwhelming and accelerating influence (especially since 2005) of the Supreme Leader and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). This study shows how ownership of property in various spheres of the economy is gradually shifted from the population writ large towards a minority ruling elite comprised of the Supreme Leader’s office and the IRGC, using 14 powerhouses.


Iran: Cyber Repression

How the IRGC Uses Cyberwarfare to Preserve the Theocracy

This manuscript demonstrates how the Iranian regime, under the supervision and guidance of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), has employed new cyberwarfare and cyber tactics in a desperate attempt to counter the growing dissent inside the country, in particular the nationwide uprising that erupted in late December 2017.

How the IRGC Uses Cyberwarfare to Preserve the Theocracy

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NCRI-US reveals information about the regime’s new wave of cyber repression, and key players involved. This book shows how a domestic mobile apps marketplace modeled after Google Play, is supervised by the IRGC to distribute spyware-enabled apps. IRGC front companies are developing spyware-enabled apps for cyber-surveillance and repression. Ironically, some of these apps are available on Google Play, Apple Store, and GitHub, potentially exposing millions of users worldwide to the regime’s spyware and surveillance. On February 15 2018, NCRI-US held a press conference to discuss the findings in this report.

Iran: Cyber Repression is a timely exposé of state-sponsored cyber warfare targeting Iran’s own citizens and the outside world. NCRI’s sources deep in Iran lay bare the means and methods with which the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) are engaging in persistent end-point surveillance of dissidents by employing a web of front companies, to produce spyware-enabled mobile apps. Even more disturbing, the IRGC has successfully deployed these spyware-enabled apps beyond Iran, making them available on global mobile app marketplaces, potentially exposing millions of users worldwide, including in the United States. We must act now to protect the dissidents in Iran and heed the dangers in the U.S. It is a warning we ignore to our peril.

— Governor Tom Ridge, First Homeland Security Secretary

Fox News exclusively confirms that Google has shut down an Iranian backed app called Telegram Black and banned its developer from Google’s platforms. This as U.S. officials ring alarm bells about Iran waging cyber warfare against the United States … Google banned the Iranian government spyware app after the National Council of Resistance of Iran issued an alarming new report. It exposes how Iran’s military has manipulative mobile apps to surveil thousands of its own citizens. The report warns that Western countries are now in the Iranian regime’s sites.

— Special Report, Fox News Channel


Iran's Ballistic Buildup: The March Toward Nuclear-Capable Missiles

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This unique manuscript surveys the regime's missile capabilities, including the underlying organization, structure, production, and development infrastructure, as well as launch facilities and the command centers operating inside Iran.

This report has been complied based on intelligence and information obtained by Iran's main organized opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), from inside the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and other regime military institutions in charge of missile development.

The book exposes the nexus between the regime's missile activities and its nuclear weapons program, including Tehran's ties with Pyongyang.

Contrary to the spirit of the July 2015 nuclear deal, the clerical regime increased the number of tests of ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear load. This, coupled with illicit exports to other rogue actors in the Middle East, is prompted by the regime's domestic weaknesses and vulnerabilities.


A Writ of Deception and Cover-Up

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Based on reliable information obtained by the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) network inside Iran, a top-secret committee is in charge of drafting the answers to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding the Possible Military Dimensions (PMD) of Tehran’s nuclear program. Top officials from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the Ministry of Defense Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) comprise the committee’s key members.


Iranian Regime's Nuclear Duplicity

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International negotiators have been engaged in talks with the Iranian regime on its nuclear program since 2002. The current approach, led by the United States as part of the so-called P5+1, is now in its final stages. While opinions may vary as to the contents and wisdom of the deal that may be taking shape, all understand that the success of any agreement will be dependent on whether the Iranian regime can be trusted to curtail its decades-long quest for a nuclear weapon. As President Obama has suggested, if this agreement results in Iran becoming a nuclear power, history will judge the signatories harshly and it will evaluate whether they acted based upon factual evidence regarding the Iranian regime's past and current behavior. This book examines Iran's behavior throughout the negotiations process in an effort to inform the current dialogue on a potential agreement. Drawing on both publicly available sources and those within Iran, the book focuses on two major periods of intense negotiations with the regime: 2003-2004 and 2013-2015. Based on this evidence, it then extracts the principles and motivations behind Tehran's approach to negotiations as well as the tactics used to trick its counterparts and reach its objectives.


How Iran Regime Cheated the World

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"How Iran Regime Cheated the World" deals with one of the most fundamental challenges that goes to the heart of the dispute regarding the Iranian regime's controversial nuclear program: to ascertain with certainty that Tehran will not pursue a nuclear bomb. Such an assurance can only be obtained through specific steps taken by Tehran in response to the international community's concerns.

The monograph discusses the Iranian regime's report card as far as it relates to being transparent when addressing the international community's concerns about the true nature and the ultimate purpose of its nuclear program; It relies on credible intelligence and information obtained and collected by sources affiliated with the Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK).

Despite Tehran's insistence that it has adequately responded to all the outstanding concerns voiced by the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an impartial study of Tehran's tangible actions and corresponding expression of attitude suggests a different account and casts serious doubt on Tehran's claims of transparency.

This book demonstrates that at every step of the way the regime has concealed the scope of its illicit nuclear activities and often misled the world community, sometimes even taking IAEA inspectors to the wrong locations and facilities.


How Iran Fuels Syria War

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What Stop Fundamentalism Stands For

Staff Writer 06 December 2019

What We Stand For

  • Stop Fundamentalism was established to expose extremism and fundamentalism under the name of religion and specifically Islam.
  • StopFundamentalism.com is a website dedicated to exposing the Iranian regime’s religious dictatorship which abuses the name of God and religion by imposing one of the worst inhumane theocracies in today’s world.
  • Stop Fundamentalism will try to reflect on the activities of the main Iranian oppostion movement, the MEK, and believes that the best solution to prevent the expansion of Islamic extremism - which today is the biggest threat to world peace - is Maryam Rajavi's ten-point plan

 

What We Do

  • Our goal is to expose the strategic lines and tactical steps of the fundamentalists in Iran.
  • We believe in freedom, democracy and the separation of religion and government, and we work against fundamentalism in accordance with the ten-point plan of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the NCRI’s President-elect.
  • Our reports are based on the facts and the latest analysis of commentators who are aware of the situation in Iran and the world.
  • The focus of the reports is on the Iranian regime's ambitious and radical activities.
  • The analyses in Stop Fundamentalism deal with questions about the international threat of the religious dictatorship in Iran today. 
  • We seek to show the threat of fundamentalism by the Iranian regime, and we want to share our views on this global threat. 
  • Stop Fundamentalism publishes daily analysis based on facts and reports. 

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About StopFundamentalism

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StopFundamentalism.com was established to expose extremism and fundamentalism under the name of religion and specifically Islam. It believes that this phenomenon in its current form began with the rise to power of Rouhollah Khomeini in Iran in 1979. It further considers the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) of Iran, the principal opposition movement to Iran’s religious dictatorship, as the antidote to Islamic fundamentalism. Because, MEK advocates tolerance, pluralism, and supports a republic based on the United Nations Charter which reaffirms faith in fundamental human rights, and dignity and worth of the human person.

StopFundamentalism.com is a website dedicated to exposing the Iranian regime’s religious dictatorship which abuses the name of God and religion by imposing one of the worst inhumane theocracies in today’s world.

Stop Fundamentalism, considers MEK’ visions as the way forward to prevent the expansion of religious extremism in Iran and beyond.

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the main Iranian opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which MEK is a member and its backbone, was the prime person who publicly warned the International community about the menace of Islamic Fundamentalism.

During her famous speech at a conference in Earl’s Court Exhibition Center in London, Mayram Rajavi addressed some 25,000 Iranian diaspora, supporters of the MEK, and reiterated on the upcoming Islamic extremism threat rooted in Iran. Reuters reporting on the story on its wire dated June 21, 1996, said:

“Maryam Rajavi, a leading opponent of Iran’s Moslem rulers, called on the international community on Friday to take a decisive stand against what she called Tehran’s “export of fundamentalism and terrorism.” Rajavi, named by the Iranian resistance as president-elect of Iran, was speaking at a rally and concert in London attended by about 25,000 people in defence of persecuted women and intellectuals.”

The MEK has been among the prime victims of the religious extremism ruling Iran. During the past four decades, over 120,000 dissidents have been executed by the fundamentalist regime for political reasons, majority of which were members or supporters of the MEK. Only in summer of 1988, over 30,000 political prisoners were executed in Iran, by direct fatwa of Rouhollah Khomeini, the then Supreme Leader of the mullahs’ dictatorship in Iran.

Mujahdein-e Khalq seek a free, democratic, non-nuclear Iran. MEK believes in freedom of thought, speech, religion, freedom of assembly, the right of all ethnic and religious minorities. MEK also pioneers gender equality and is actually an example of a tolerant and advanced Islam that has already practiced equality between men and women, as the leadership of the organization are primarily made up of women.

Stop Fundamentalism, will therefore try to reflect on the activities of the MEK and believes that the solution to prevent the expansion of Islamic extremism- which today is the biggest threat to world’s peace in the Middle East, if not the entire globe- is an end to the mullah’s rule in Iran, and the establishment of a democratic republic in Iran, which is what the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) have devoted to.

We welcome any suggestions and comments in our tasks to advance MEK’s message and see it the way forward to Stop religious Fundamentalism.

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